A flagpole emits an endless stream of black smoke in this powerful video work by artist John Gerrard, proposing a new flag for a world endangered by the threats of global climate change. The work shows a digitally recreated landscape, mimicking Spindletop, Texas — the site of a major oil find in 1901, that has since been exhausted — and operates through a real-time and computer generated simulation. Western Flag (NFT) illuminates the history of oil consumption in the United States that boomed after Spindletop’s discovery, and serves as a beautiful and ominous warning for our fragile future.
Western Flag (NFT): JOHN GERRARD
1-4 February, 2024
India Art Fair Grounds